Clary Estes

Photographer, Writer
          
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Nationality: United States of America
Biography:   Clary Estes is a documentary photographer from Central Kentucky who works internationally on stories about the human condition.
Public Project
Skin

“Skin” was shot in the spring of 2015 during a Magnum workshop that I did with Antoine D’agata. This project is by no means my favorite project; in fact, I am still quite shy about sharing the project and to put it out there makes me feel incredibly vulnerable. And that is precisely why I insist on keeping this project public on my site. This is a project that I need to come back to again and again.

“Skin” was a pivot point in my photographic practice. Through this project I started to think more deeply about how I manifest myself in my photography, either intentionally or unintentionally, as well as being the first time I really looked at myself through the photographic lens. The project gained a kind of eroticism as I shot it, in part because this was a very intimidating project for me to shoot. To be vulnerable, was to be naked in front of the camera and to give my camera away and welcome being seen. I felt like I was ripping myself open to my own dismay and trying to photograph what came out. In many ways I was becoming a more mature photographer and a more open woman. The process was messy, stressful and imperfect, but profoundly changed how I photographed and approached projects. Though this project is imperfect, it made me a better photographer. This project is a story of how I learned to start looking at myself.

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